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Students’ waffle creation to be featured at Funk 'n Waffles Sunday, Feb. 5 (video included)

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Feb. 2, 2017: Eighth-grade Wellwood Middle School students recently showed off their cuisine creativity by designing original waffle creations as part of a class project that challenged students to be innovative and collaborative and that will ultimately benefit a local nonprofit.  

The project began with Amy Sibert's family and consumer science class students watching an episode of Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives that featured Funk n' Waffles, a local restaurant with two locations in Syracuse. The students then reviewed the restaurant's menu and worked in groups to come up with waffle recipes not on the restaurant's menu.

The students worked on their projects for about two weeks, sometimes coming in before school or staying late, Mrs. Sibert said. The project required collaboration and communication among the students as they tested and tried out their ideas.

The project culminated on Jan. 24 in a competition in which students presented their waffles to a group of hungry judges who selected winners in each of four categories: best waffle presentation, best waffle name, best topping and best overall Funk 'n Waffle.

On Sunday, Feb. 5, the Armory Square location of Funk 'n Waffles will feature the winner of the best overall Funk n' Waffle category: the Southern Pulled Pork Waffle. It will sell for $7.99, and 100 percent of the sales will be donated to Hopeprint, a nonprofit organization on the Syracuse Northside that supports resettled refugees. The organization helps refugees learn English, tutors refugee students, offers literacy lessons for young children and builds relationships.

Co-owner/creator of Funk 'n Waffles, Adam Gold, served on the judges panel, which included F-M Superintendent Craig J. Tice, F-M Assistant Superintendent for Personnel Jeffrey Gordon, Wellwood’s principal, Melissa Corbin, and assistant principal, Warren Smith, and a Wellwood teacher, Steve Carbone.

“This project represents a wonderful example of a personalized learning lesson in which the students were given the autonomy to pursue their interests, capitalize on their culinary strengths and be held accountable to an authentic panel of judges,” Dr. Tice said.


The Awards

Best Funk’n Name – Sm’affles: a s’more waffle topped with graham cracker crumbs, melted marshmallows and chocolate chips and chocolate ice cream.

Best filling – Wild West Waffles: a buffalo chicken grilled cheese sandwich in waffle form with a side of blue cheese.

Best Presentation – Let’s TACO ‘bout WAFFLES: a cornmeal based buttermilk waffle topped with taco meat and served with optional toppings that included avocados, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, cheese, cilantro, sour cream and salsa.

Best Overall Funk 'n Waffle ­– Southern Pulled Pork Waffle: a crisp hash brown waffle topped with pulled pork made with Guy Fieri barbecue sauce and served with a side of coleslaw.

Check out the video below to see the students in action. Click on the bottom right of the video to view it full screen. 

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